Latest news – survey launched with The Law Society
The Law Society in partnership with the Legally Disabled Project, has launched a survey to gather experiences of disabled people in the legal profession both during lockdown and post-lockdown. We’ll be using the insights gathered to inform best practice for the future and to evidence aspects of remote working that could benefit disabled people in the long term.
If you’re a disabled solicitor or trainee take the survey and share your experiences and thoughts on remote working during the pandemic. The closing date for survey returns is Sunday 16 August.
Information sharing with networks, firms and organisations
The research findings and recommendations were launched at our conference on the 24th January 2020. You can download the research reports here.
The project was set to conclude in May 2020 but due to the Covid19 pandemic, we continued to deliver roundtable events online to support organisations to learn about the research and discuss the recommendations.
If your network or organisation wishes to discuss the findings and how they can be implemented to improve disability inclusion, please get in touch with Dr Natasha Hirst for more information: HirstN2@cardiff.ac.uk
Report launch and conference, 24th January
We launched our research findings and recommendations on the 24th January 2020 at the British Academy in London. A report of conference will be published in due course. Thank you to all of our speakers and everyone who attended to make the day such a great success.
Interview and survey stages complete
Eight focus groups took place early in 2018 in London, Manchester, Cardiff and Birmingham with disabled legal professionals including para-legals, solicitors, barristers, judges, trainees and retirees.
The second stage of the project consisted of 55 one to one interviews. These explored individual experiences in more depth. Analysis of the interviews has been completed, drawing out the key research themes.
Survey stage complete
Our thanks to all who participated in and helped to promote research our two questionnaires: one for disabled people training for or working as Barristers and a second for disabled people training for or working as solicitors or paralegals. This also included those who have since left these roles in the profession.
We received almost 300 responses from people across the profession which enables us to set the qualitative findings against a robust quantitative dataset to show a fuller picture of the experiences of disabled people throughout the profession.
The report on the initial findings of the research is being drafted and a conference will be held to disseminate and discuss the findings and recommendations. We are coproducing the recommendations with our partners, the Lawyers with Disabilities Division and our Research Reference Group.
We will also be visiting stakeholders to discuss key findings and gather wider feedback on our recommendations. Get in touch if you’d like us to speak to your disability or diversity networks and policy leads.
Future reports, events and talks will be scheduled to disseminate the findings of the research. The full research timetable can be found here.
A Research Reference Group consisting of disabled legal professionals from a diversity of backgrounds have supported us with the ongoing development and implementation of the project.
Thank you to all who have taken part in the interviews and focus groups. Many more have expressed an interest in being involved in other ways. If you haven’t already been in touch and you’d like to be involved, you can reach us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Groundbreaking new research
September 2017 marked the launch of an exciting new research project, “Legally Disabled? The career experiences of disabled people in the legal profession in England & Wales: developing future strategies.”
Prof. Debbie Foster of Cardiff University and independent researcher and photojournalist Dr Natasha Hirst will be undertaking this research, the first of it’s kind. The Lawyers with Disabilities Division (Law Society) have been key partners in the development of the project which aims to co-produce research with disabled legal professionals. We are continuing to seek the involvement of other groups across the legal profession.
Funded by the Disability Research into Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) programme, the research will be investigating the barriers and solutions for disabled people across the legal profession.